Archive for August 2008
i know this isn’t a restaurant review blog, but i thought i’d write a little something about restaurants.
i had this idea for a website that a group of friends would update on regularly on places they would recommend to go eat in a city. i know there are things like creative loafing and city search, but they’re not very personal and the tastes are very… well… varied. you don’t really know who can trust on those things. so i proposed a site where a group of friends would suggest places to go eat cause you know you can trust your friends. they would suggest places to eat based on location, price, ethnicity. pretty cool right? well, they kinda have something like that called yelp. a couple of my friends are critics on the site (addy c. and gina c.) it’s a very helpful site and these two definitely update pretty regularly. i would highly recommend this site.
so here’s some restaurants that i happened to check out this week that i’ve never been to before. and here’s my take on them. but don’t take my word for it.
loafing leprechauns – a really good irish pub up north in duluth near the gwinnet center. the fish and chips was really good and i hear the burgers are excellent. also seems like a good place to watch a futball match or play some darts and have a beer.
pf changs – i’ve actually never been until this past week. i wasn’t too impressed. i’m actually kind of offended they didn’t ask for my permission to use my last name in their restaurant name. i went to the one near perimeter and our server was good, but i asked another person for an extra plate and a cup of water becuase someone else joined us and she just looked at me. the portions aren’t that big and the chow fun noodles weren’t done well. if you like this place, then that’s cool, but i didn’t think it was great.
frank ma south – i kept hearing about this place on yelp and from other people so i really wanted to go. it was really good. i think i was a little disappointed because it was hyped up so much, but the food was really good and pretty unique compared to other chinese restaurants. i would suggest this place although it is kinda of far for most people i know. it’s near emory. i would suggest the fish filet in hot oil and the 3 cup chicken although the chicken has a very low meat to bones ratio. the soup dumplings were ok. good for what they are i guess, but i was expecting something more.
sorry if you didn’t want to read a restaurant review. but please tell me if you want more. i would be glad to update every once in a while on restaurants i’ve been to. and please suggest restaurants if you’d like. i know atlanta has so many restaurants i have no idea about.
first off, i’d like to apologize. i do actually know at least 2 families with 3 sisters in them. and they are very cool families. actually i think both the middle sisters are my age. middle sisters are the coolest!
as this is a medium for sharing my thoughts, i thought i’d share about what i’m passionate about. i’m passionate about worship. but more than that, i’m passionate about teaching other people about worship. not in so much of a “i know more than you do” kind of condescending teaching, but instead a more “let’s learn and experience things together” kind of teaching. for those of you that may not know what the crap i’m talking about. worship is an expression of emotional, physical, and spiritual response. the response can be to many things: a sports game, a concert, God. in this case, i’m specifically referring to God.
as some may know, i lead praise. this means that usually every sunday, i am up on stage playing guitar and singing in front of the congregation leading them in songs of worship. this of course is not all that worship is. worship is not merely singing. nor is it merely preaching. worship is so much more. so much more in fact, that i can’t even put into words what all worship encompasses.
what i would like people to know and experience is that worship can exist without music. this may be really crazy to hear from me becuase i’m all about music. why would i not want to share the wonderful gift that is music? well, in order for me to learn and in order for other people to learn that our conception of worship is pretty narrow. i can’t tell you how many times people ask me to play a couple songs to open a meeting or a service. or the first thing people think when they’re planning a retreat or a service or even a Bible study is, “we need songs. who can we get to play music?” well, i’d like to challenge them with this, “do we have to have music? is music an absolute necessity that without it we aren’t worshipping?” i think part of the reason i think this is because i’m kinda sick of people asking me to lead songs for things. but i think more than that, at the core of it, i want to experience something more and i want other people to experience something more in worship.
so with all that being said. i am passionate about experiencing worship in different ways, and not only that, but i want to bring other people on board too. i want my mind to be opened to different worship experiences as well as other peoples’ minds to be opened to different worship experiences. i have some ideas on how to do this, but i know it’s going to be a continuing process that may never reach its end. and i’m really excited about pursuing this.